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The Best App to Create Timelines (with Video Tutorial)

Timeline, by Read, Write, Think, is the easiest to use timeline creator app I’ve found; and it’s FREE!

Here’s a short tutorial I created to help you and your students out. Enjoy!

Green Screen Video Creation with Third Graders

For the November, 2014 Grade 3 UN Day Assembly, students wanted to create a news broadcast to go beyond the typical UN Day celebration of dressing up in traditional costumes and eating food. They wanted a way to show the work of the UN and teach others how and why the United Nations was formed.
After researching and writing the script, students used the app Do Ink Green Screen to film each other “on location” in a variety of places around the world, showing UN work in action.

Grace reporting from Sumatra
Excited about the “magic” of green screen technology

Gifting Apps from an iPad or iPhone

If you ever gift apps, here is the fastest, easiest way to do it.

Gifting Apps to Your Child or Student

1-1 iPad management can be a real headache. Seriously. Believe me…

One of the ways that we’ve dealt with this issue is to have family managed iPads. Each of our students has an iTunes account associated with their school email, and are able to download free apps. We’ve instructed our parents on the process of gifting paid apps to their children, but this process, if you’ve never done it before can possibly be daunting and at times, intimidating.

Below, is a quick and easy screencast video explaining the process of how to gift iPad apps to your child’s iTunes account.

7 Billion People – Free App Alert

Today you are one of 7 billion people. How will your world change?

Free for a Limited Time!

Explore your changing world with National Geographic’s 7 Billion app for iPad.

  • informative videos
  • interactive maps
  • in-depth articles
  • stunning photography

iPad Apps Recommended by Teachers

This year, there are several teachers in my division who are piloting iPad 2s in their classroom, and we meet bi-monthly to discuss our findings of uses and applications that we have discovered. Being that these are not class sets of iPads, the focus here is uses of the iPad as a teaching tool for productivity and organization. 

Evernote

Evernote is a great app for taking and organizing your notes. You can use it when you meet with students, at staff meetings when there’s something important to jot down, and at workshops and in-services. There are a couple of quirks with Evernote that could be fixed. The inability to copy and paste a table, and no multiple levels of bullets.

Price: Free

Confer

Confer is a note taking app that allows you to create classes, group students and take anecdotal notes as you meet with your students.

Here is a short video showing how to use Confer:

Price: $14.99

Flipboard

Flipboard is a magazinesque app that allows you to organize all your online reading. I flip through my Google Reader feeds, my favorite news sites, and Twitter feed in a smooth and easy-to-use interface. You can also share links via Twitter, Facebook, Google, or email with just the tap of a finger.

Price: Free

GoodReader

GoodReader is a PDF reader that allows you to mark up pdfs by typing, using sticky notes, hand-written annotations, lines, and free-hand drawings on any pdf you have. GoodReader also supports TXT, .doc, .ppt, .xls, iWork, audio files, and video files.

Price: $4.99

Dropbox

If you have a Dropbox account, the free app is a must have. The Dropbox app allows you to access all of your files anywhere you are. You can save any of your projects you create on the iPad into your dropbox account and  access them from other computers at work or at home.

Price: Free

TeacherPal

TeacherPal is a classroom organizer app that allows teachers to keep track of their students by taking role, manage timetables, take behavior notes, and more. One of our teachers had this to say about Teacher pal: “Can’t rave enough about TeacherPal.  It has been a life saver when it comes to keeping track of my 300 + students. I am able to see their smiling faces on the seating chart, add notes regarding behavior and keep track of their finished assignments. I can back up all the data in Dropbox. All pretty good for an app that is free.”

Price: Free

What are some of your essential iPad apps for your classroom?

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